Me and my sisters had a surprise long-weekend getaway for Nengkoy (my mother). We went to Passion Made Possible, Singapore! We unfortunately had a red-eye flight that requires us to arrive in Singapore around 1:00 AM. Considering that it would only be for a short period of time until we check-in in our chosen hotel and me being an Accor member, we prompted to have our first night in an Accor budget hotel. We decided to head to Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson.
usual ibis-style kind of a hotel hallway…
simple yet functional…
super nice… super clean… super comfy…
Our decision to stay at Ibis Styles at Macpherson area of the City State was a surprisingly pleasant experience. Present Macpherson is like the city center of Singapore ten or fifteen years ago. With the fast paced development in this part of the planet, I will not be surprised that after another 10 years, the seem-to-be suburb Macpherson section will be like what the city center now.
love the orange color…
our room number 2…
This Ibis Hotel branch in this part of commuter-belt-Singapore was exuding with fineness. The room was surprisingly big for an Ibis-type of a room. Its impeccable cleanliness, unsullied orderliness and warm service merits above average distinction. Moreover, considering the bargain price of their rooms, the complimentary buffet breakfast is more than what I and Nengkoy would consider simple.
I have always been a fan of the Ibis hotels’ modern, minimalist and contemporary colors and designs! Ibis Styles Singapore on Macpherson made my fondness towards Ibis to simply linger on.
Reason behind my not being too active in this blog is because I recently launched a new Instagram account. Since it is basically been a challenge on keeping in ketosis and determining what acceptable meal to eat is such a chore and undertaking, I decided to stylize, beautify and might as well take photos of these eats and post it on Instagram.
keto_sa_kanto if translated in english is “keto at the corner”
my recent instagram post!
What is so amazing about this new Instagram account is that it is slowly gaining popularity. My 7-year old personal Instagram account that chronicles a cornucopia of stuffs, from travels, to food to friends and other highlights of my being a being, has only so far garnered 301 followers. But my 1-week old @keto_sa_kanto account has already 125 followers as of this writing!
Today, June 12 my country is celebrating its Independence Day. It’s the day when Philippines was freed and got liberated from centuries of Spanish colonial rule. All forms of media here in my country today seem to rejoice and acclaim the freedom my country had 121 years ago. It’s not bad. But such commemoration seem so 121 years ago that it failed to level-up and be upgraded in a more current and present-day perspective about freedom.
My country’s celebration is still so stuck about the freedom from political and social control by the Spaniards. Every Filipino shouts that it really feels good to be free and independent! But are we really free and independent in the true sense of the word today?
Spanish folks definitely has moved on and would not really care anymore about the goings-on in the Philippines today. Yet still here we are, still so stuck with the thought of being freed and be independent from these folks from Europe.
Can we simply upgrade our thoughts on today’s celebration? I would rather rally about true freedom and true independence today in the context of the present-day Filipino situations and circumstances. I guess it would be better if Filipinos would rather contemplate on whether we are really free and independent socially, politically, morally and (wallet-wise) economically.
Yeah we have our own government but are we really free from shameless politicians and government officials? Yeah we have freedom of expression, but are we really free and be accepted by fellow Filipinos on who we are regardless of skin color, dialect, physical attributes and sexual orientation? Yeah we are free from economic control by other countries but are we really independent money-wise that we no longer have to worry on where to source the dough needed for tomorrow’s food, clothes, medicine and shelter? Are we really free from traffic congestion, bad education and racial discrimination? Parang hinde! (Translation: It seems not)!
I don’t want to spoil today’s revelry. Besides, bakasyon ngayon or it’s a non-working day today! The last time I checked, Spain has no plans of recolonizing us. And I guess we Pinoys still have a lot to work on regarding the true meaning of freedom and independence.
Cloying is a word. The arrogant in me thinks that only few Filipinos know this word. If translated in Filipino it is “nauuta”. It is the sickening feeling you have when you already consumed large doses of super rich eats (like belly fat meats, heavy cake icings or crazy butter-laced sweets). It is so nauseating, you feel like your head is growing and it will just burst anytime!
At this stage of my being on ketogenic diet, I think I am in the cloying period. I am starting to get so gutted out by the limited food selections that I have to make. But the irony and dilemma is that I don’t want to be kicked out of ketosis.
Espousing on the basic thought of finding a silver lining in the midst of a difficulty, I decided to make my keto meal today a very exciting one! I instead took time to stylize its plating and took tons of photos of it.
Let me start with my lunch today. It’s my recipe but it’s Nengkoy who did the heavenly-delicious pickled shallots…
Grilled Rosemary-Marinated Pork with Spicy Mustard, Fresh Cucumber Slices and Nengkoy’s Pickled Shallots
My afternoon snack (and my final meal today) is even more exciting. Thanks to Joe Duff, the Diet Chef for the Choco-Coffee Mud Cake recipe…
Choco-Coffee Mud Cake topped with Choco-Peanut Butter and Sweet Fresh Strawberries (Who doesn’t love the mix of strawberries & chocolate inside the mouth? huh!)
I totally enjoyed stylizing these! If not for my crazy cloying, I would have not done this. Expect more of stylized keto meals in the future…
While trying to get ready with my next out-of-the-country adventure, I decided to transfer my recent travel photos to my external drive memory bank. I noticed that there was one place in Washington that I failed to feature in my blog which I deliberately went to so as to experience, smell the area as well as get some awesome photos.
How can I forget the LOVE mural at the Instagram famous Blagden Alley?Or is it my subconscious telling me to temporarily miss it and only be aware again in time for the celebration of Pride Month this June? This unique and eye catching piece of art is by Lisa Marie Thalhammer. It is an LGBT-rainbow colored piece which communicates the simplest yet universal message of inclusivity and acceptance.Whatever it may be, let me then chronicle this little piece of experience that I had when I happen to see this meaningful and awesome street art found at Blagden Alley in Washington DC. At least through this street art, I can really say that I did indeed found LOVE in DC. I hope next time its the one true thing! Hahaha!And by the way, let me have this opportunity to greet everyone a “Happy Pride”!
It is June 1 and we have exactly a month before our lives reached the second half of the year. I just wish and hope that in the middle of this year, everyone has reached a certain level of improved happiness and declined sadness.
Philippines, is one of the countries (though with unreliable statistics) has the lowest rate concerning deep human sadness and depression as a chronic illness. Reason behind it is maybe because Filipinos are generally happy and being sad and depressed is not an ailment but rather just a life’s short phase.
So for those who are actually suffering from the sadness woes, I have one song dedicated for you for the second half of the year. What is so ironic about this pop-song is that it was shot in my happy country, the Philippines…
The song, video and its location seem so apt and fitting for it was shot in one of the happiest society in the planet while resonating past sadness and moving forward at a positive tone. The happy Pinoy crowd in the video seem to say and convey, “Everything’s gonna be okay”.
everything is gonna be okay…
This therefore is our song for the second half of the present year! Stay happy everyone!